The day Pepsi Next showed up at my door

Pepsi Next

Pepsi Next

Once in a while, I get to experience some cool things in my flashy high visibility envious hum-drum role as Editor-in-Chief for The Father Life.  Last week I had one of those experiences: I was one of 100 people nationwide to receive an ice-cold six-pack of Pepsi Next before it was rolled out in stores. It even came in a neat little plastic box.

I passed around the cans of Pepsi to a number of people and conducted my own completely un-scientific poll. Everyone told me it tasted like a 50/50 blend of regular Pepsi and Diet Pepsi.  Whether or not that was a good thing depended on the person tasting.  For folks who don’t drink diet soda anyway, it wasn’t going to make them switch.  They’ll stick to the real stuff, thank you very much.

For people who were usually choose to drink a diet soda but prefer the taste of regular, the response was very favorable.  They expressed an interest in choosing Pepsi Next — and choosing it more frequently — next time they wanted to skip the diet for a treat.  So there you go.

For those of you who are wondering, “What is this Pepsi Next, anyway? Why hasn’t he defined it yet?” I have the details: Pepsi Next is a cola that uses both traditional corn syrup as well as artificial sweeteners, achieving a taste closer to regular Pepsi but having only 60 Calories per can.  Now you know.

And if anyone has a recommendations for what to do with my now-empty clear plastic Pepsi box, let me know.

Ben Martin

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And we’re back.

THE FATHER LIFE took an unplanned, unintended hiatus the past few months.  Suffice it to say things have been uber-busy around the Martin and Murphy households.  Chris Osburn bravely soldiered on, but without much support.  That is behind us now.  The future is bright ahead!

We’ve launched a new look for, and you’ll continue to see it tweaked and updated over the next few months.  We’re hoping to bring on some extra help, too, to expand our content offerings.  Most importantly, we really want to reconnect with you and give you a forum to tell your story; we’ve talked to a lot of you, and we know you have incredible experiences that would be great to share with the rest of the dad community.  Look for more opportunities to submit your content for publishing in THE FATHER LIFE in the near future!

Ben Martin

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Dads with Klout

Three cheers for Adam Cohen, TFL’s own Director of Development, on being named the #1 Dad with Klout by

Close behind is TFL columnist Bruce Sallan, the #3 Dad with Klout, who also just released his first book, A Dad’s Point-of-View: We ARE Half the Equation.  Congratulations to both of you!

Ben Martin

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Win a Free Kenmore Grill, Choice Steaks & Accessories for Father’s Day

The fine folks over at Brad’s Deals have alerted us to a Father’s Day giveaway that you might find interesting – a free grill, steaks included!  One randomly chosen winner will receive a brand new Kenmore grill, a variety of the finest cuts of steak, and various grill accessories, valued at over $500.

A new grill will give years of service. They are easy to use and require little maintenance. And all sorts of appliance parts (including parts for grills) are readily available online. This insures your grill’s usefulness for many summers to come.

Signing up for the giveaway is easy.  Check out the details at

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Award-winning writer? Yeah, we’ve got that.

Kudos and congratulations are in order to Scott Lax, winner of First Place for the 2011 Ohio Professional Writers Communications Contest in the category of “Writing for the Web, Column or Commentary.” His winning entry was “The Long and Winding Road to Your Ultrasound,” of which one judge commented,

An excellent first-person account of a significant event written from the male perspective. While many people have experienced the event, being viewed through the eyes of a sports-oriented dad-to-be at age 58 makes it unique. Writing style is breezy and effective and the story overall is compelling – for both men and women readers.

Way to go, Scott!

Ben Martin

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March Madness Giveaway!

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Win NCAA merchandise from THE FATHER LIFE! Thanks to the fine folks at lunchbox, we’ve got a whole bunch of NCAA stuff to giveaway to a lucky winner as we celebrate the arrival of March Madness.  Beyond that, there’s some great stuff going on at, where you can pick up a free bracket, try out some free Dove Men+Care products, and ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO THE 2012 FINAL FOUR!  Oh yeah.

Now, back to the business at hand – our awesome NCAA merch giveaway!  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  Want to enter more than once?  No problem!  Just share this post on Twitter or your blog, or “Like” it on Facebook, then leave us another comment to tell us about it.  You can even do all three… and get three extra entries!  The contest will close to new entries on 18 March 2011, so get to it!

Ben Martin

The Fine Print (because there are too many lawyers in the world):
This promotion is solely sponsored by THE FATHER LIFE and has not been endorsed or approved by Walmart, Dove, the NCAA, or their subsidiaries or affiliates. By entering, you agree to look solely to THE FATHER LIFE for any claims in connections therewith, and not to Walmart, Dove, the NCAA, or their subsidiaries or affiliates. THE FATHER LIFE reserves the right to change the prizes and rules of this contest at any time and without notice. All decisions by THE FATHER LIFE will be final. By entering this contest, you indicate you are legally eligible to do so. Void were prohibited.

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I’m not sure how I didn’t know this was happening (oh, wait… maybe it’s because I don’t have cable!), but all this month TCM has been offering Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films in full without commercial interruption as they count down 31 Days of Oscar. Truth be told, TCM is one of my favorite cable channels. If I were to get cable again, it would be one of the few reasons why (History channel, Food Network, ESPN, and NFL Network would be the other reasons). For those of you who have TCM, though, there’s still time to catch some great flicks before this year’s Academy Awards!

Ben Martin

Tune into TCM for 31 days to watch your favorite award-winning and nominated movies, presented uncut and commercial free on TCM. CHECK OUT THE FULL SCHEDULE AT TCM.COM/31DAYS

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RT to win a new BabyBjorn cup!

BabyBjorn BjornCupsBabyBjorn is at it again, release a new line of cups. They’re providing us with 10 of these to giveaway… so here’s how you win! Make sure you are following @thefatherlife and @BabyBjorn on Twitter. Then send out a Tweet about this contest. To make it easy, just click the “Tweet” button at the bottom of this post! That’s all you have to do.

If you want the cups, but you aren’t one of our lucky 10 winners, you can pick them up in stores starting in April. We’ll close the contest to entries on 2/18/2011. Good luck!

Ben Martin

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Monster Jam coming to Cleveland — great family deal!

Kids love Monster Jam and I wanted to pass this great deal along to you and your family!

It’s coming to the Quicken Loans Arena from February 19-20 for 3 total performances. If you click here, click on BUY TICKETS then ‘BUY
TICKETS’ next to ‘Special Offers & Promotions’ and type in: FAMPAK. The Monster Jam Family Fan Package is a flat $90 (no additional fees) for 2 adult tickets, 2 kid’s tickets and 2 kid’s food packages.

This show should be awesome. Monster Jam monster trucks will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles! Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old!

There’s also a pre-show pit party which gives fans (with a pit pass and Feb. 19 show ticket) the chance to see the monster trucks up close, meet drivers, take pictures and get autographs. Pit passes will be available for $5 online at after tickets have been purchased and at the Quicken Loans Arena box office, while supplies last. Passes increase $2 if purchased on day of show.

Take advantage of it now because the offer ends 2/18! It’s valid online and by phone at 1-888-894-9424.

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Pizza party!!!

With the NFL playoffs in full swing, we didn’t really need an excuse to have a pizza/football party. But we found one anyway. Collective Bias, working with Digiorno, offered me the opportunity to do a blog post about throwing a football pizza party for less than $5/person. I accepted the challenge!

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I found it pretty easy to stay on budget for this party. The Digiorno pizza was on rollback at Walmart, making it nearly the same price as the store brand pizza. The only challenge was limiting myself to just four pizzas… I wanted to try them all! Everything else we wanted came in under budget, and there was plenty of food for everyone. The kids were especially excited about the milkshakes, but who wouldn’t be!

In the end, we had a great time. The food was great. The football was even good! Grace, my second daughter, was thrilled to be able to see her team – the Bears – playing. Their games are rarely on TV in our part of the country. Them winning was just a bonus! Nearly everyone in our house hates has a very, very strong dislike for the Patriots, so it was great to watch them lose to the Jets.

So, Digiorno, want to do this again next weekend? And again two weeks after that?

Ben Martin

I was compensated by Collective Bias for this experience, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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